Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology
By Chiekh Anta Diop
I dedicate this book to the memory of
who died on the battlefield of African culture.
Alioune, you knew what you came to do on this earth: A life entirely dedicated to others, nothing for yourself, everything for others, a heart filled with goodness and generosity, a soul stepped in nobility, a spirit always serene, simplicity personified!
Did the demiurge want to provide us with an example, an ideal of perfection, by calling you into existence?
Alas, the terrestrial community, to which you knew how to convey, better than anyone else, the message of human truthfulness that sprang from the inmost depths of your being, was deprived of you too soon. But the remembrance of you will never be erased from the memory of African peoples, to whom you dedicated your life.
This is why I am dedicating this book to your memory, in witness to a brotherly friendship that is stronger than time.
Chiekh Anta Diop